Several automakers are floating plans to add wireless induction charging capability to electric cars, but Google may be among the first to actually release the technology. A new report reveals the company is currently in the process of installing wireless charging systems at its headquarters, which will be used for its own fleet of self-driving cars.
New FCC filings suggest the new charging systems will be installed at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, CA and its nearby Castle facility. The leaked documents also reveal that the new wireless charging systems will be installed by Hevo Power and Momentum Dynamics. Both companies offer technology that can wirelessly charge an electric car via plates that are embedded in the ground, which is a far easier way to charge an electric car compared to today’s cumbersome charging cables.
While the technology will be a great testing bed for Google’s self-driving car, we still don’t have confirmation on when the first mass produced electric car will be available with the technology. Back in 2014, BMW said it was testing the wireless charging technology on the i3 and i8 models, and there have even been reports that the next-generation Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid could also offer the technology.
Via IEEE Spectrum
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